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Our live stream can help you stay in the know about the progression of the storm and ways in which you can be prepared for extreme weather.

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Pressured from the outside, Bob Buckhorn creates Citizens Review Board for Tampa police

TAMPA — Pushed by black residents, civil rights groups and an assertive City Council, Mayor Bob Buckhorn on Friday created a Citizens Review Board to recommend ways to improve police relatio …


Former Alonso High players face coaches' wrath upon transfers


  1. Tell Me About It: Ability to tolerate alcohol is individual


    Carolyn Hax is away. In her absence, we are offering columns from her archive.

  2. Cruise lines keep wary eye on Tropical Storm Erika, adjust itineraries


    As Tropical Storm Erika continues to be a threat in the Caribbean Sea, Florida-based cruise lines are alerting passengers about possible changes to itineraries. Here is the latest as of Friday evening.


  3. Editorial cartoons for Aug. 29-31

  4. Opinion: The way forward for schools in Pinellas County


    Four key voices on public education in Pinellas offer next steps to help kids in failing St. Petersburg elementaries.

    After being dropped off by his grandmother, kindergartner Tyree Parker sat outside Maximo Elementary last year, waiting for school to begin. Maximo is one of the five lowest-performing schools in Pinellas. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  5. Editorial: Reasonable standards needed for rideshare companies


    Hillsborough County and the rideshare companies Uber and Lyft have a common interest in ending a yearlong standoff on passenger service. Uber and Lyft are increasingly popular, and they aren't going away —but they also cannot be allowed to thumb their noses at local regulations and operate at will in violation of …

    Uber users order a ride through an app on their phone or computer.
    Righthanded pitcher Erasmo Ramirez will be on the mound for the Rays.

    For starters, Royals vs Rays

    The Rays lineup for tonight's series opener against the Royals, owners of the best record in the American League (78-49):

    LF Grady Sizemore
    RF Daniel Nava
    3B Evan Longoria
    DH John Jaso
    2B Logan Forsythe
    SS Asdrubal Cabrera
    1B James Loney
    CF Kevin Kiermaier
    C Rene Rivera

    RHP Erasmo Ramirez

    And the Royals:

    SS Alcides Escobar
    2B Ben Zobrist
    CF Lorenzo Cain
    1B Eris Hosmer
    DH Kendrys Morales
    3B Mike Moustakas
    C Salvador Perez
    RF Alex Rios
    LF Paulo Orlando

    RHP Edinson Volquez...


    Bill Nelson 'concerned' with how Clinton campaign handling email controversy; says Biden won't run

    Sen. Bill Nelson added to criticism among Democrats of Hillary Clinton's handling of the email controversy, telling a crowd in West Palm Beach today that he is "concerned."...


    Connor Barth, 29, signed a two-year, $2.75-million contract with the Bucs and will have two preseason games to convince the team to give him his old job back.

    Kicker Barth's battle with Murray: 'almost like deja vu'